Animal Behavior and Adaptation

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300

Observe fascinating behaviors and adaptations of animals. Explore a variety of living things and participate in guided-inquiry activities. Live animal encounters enhance the experience.

Major Concepts to Be Explored:

  • Participants will discuss adaptations and behaviors as a method to aid in an organism’s survival. Participants will discuss innate versus learned behaviors.

Essential Standards:

4.L.1, 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, 4.L.1.4

Goals of the Class:

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of adaptations.
  • Participants will learn about different types of adaptations, camouflage, body structure, etc.
  • Students will also discover the difference between learned and innate behaviors.

Class Objectives:

Participants Will Be Able To:

  • Explore different animal habitats and the adaptations that help them survive in those habitats
  • Learn about learned and innate animal behavior
  • Experiment with materials to demonstrate how adaptations aid birds in eating
  • Discover how some animals can utilize learn behaviors to aid in their survival

Methods and Activities:

  • A Discovery Place educator will utilize hands on materials, activities and live animal presentations to students understand how animals adapt to their surroundings.
  • Participants will be asked to work in groups to discover what an adaptation is and how it can aid in survival.

Key Vocabulary:

Habitat, Biome, Adaptation, Learned behavior, Innate behavior, Camouflage and Defense

Set-up Needs:

  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time is 30 minutes before and after program.
  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grade 4
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $14 per student (includes Museum admission)
  • Minimum 15 students